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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2009;33(3):271-275.
Rehabilitation of Drivers with Brain Injury Using Virtual Reality Based Driving Simulator.
Yang, Ho Cheol , Park, Si Woon , Jang, Soon Ja , Kim, Kyong Mi , Park, Chul Woo , Kim, Jong Hoon , Kim, Hong Chae , Yi, Sook Hee , Lee, Yong Seok
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, National Rehabilitation Center, Korea. yanghc@empal.com
뇌손상 장애인에서 가상운전 프로그램을 이용한 운전 재활
양호철, 박시운, 장순자, 김경미, 박철우, 김종훈, 김홍채, 이숙희, 이용석
국립재활병원 재활의학과
To investigate the effect of driving-simulator based training for the persons with brain injury.
Twenty-seven brain injury patients and 19 healthy volunteers were included in this study. Driving simulator program was composed of an aptitude test (which have 4 items) and simulated road driving. The brain injury patients had 4 sessions of driving simulator training with assessment performed during the first and the last session. Healthy volunteers underwent only one driving simulator session for assessment. To evaluate subjective satisfaction in terms of training effect and the sense for the real, a survey was administered after the training.
In brain injury patients, there were significant improvements in both aptitude test and simulated road driving test after training (p<0.01). There were no significant differences between the scores of patients taken at the last session and the scores of healthy volunteers, while the scores of patients taken at the first session were significantly lower than those of healthy volunteers. The patients group reported positively in terms of training effect (81.5%) and the sense for the real (62.9%).
A driving-simulator based training was effective for brain injury patients to regain driving skill. (J Korean Acad Rehab Med 2009; 33: 271-275)
Key Words: Drivers' rehabilitation, Virtual reality, Driving simulator, Brain injury


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